24 Jul Sage Water and Cactus Honey
There are certain words and syllables that are pleasing to enunciate, such as cultivate, Ar-Raḥmān and efflorescence. There are also words that just pair together so deliciously and for me right now, those are sage water and cactus honey – such beautifully harmonic words that I hadn’t put together until I found them in Chefchaouen.
Two of my favourite purchases were sage water (for the face) and cactus honey, both of which are rich in natural healing abilities.
Honey is a fundamental sunnah food so I’m always on a lookout for it during my travels, although I do believe local honey is best. ‘Honey is considered the food of foods, the drink of drinks, and the drug of drugs. It is used for creating appetite, strengthening the stomach, and eliminating phlegm; as a meat preservative, hair conditioner, eye salve, and mouthwash.’
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) once said, “By Him in whose hand is my soul, eat honey. For there is no house in which honey is kept for which the angels will not ask for mercy. If a person eats honey, a thousand remedies enter his stomach and a million diseases will come out. If a man dies and honey is found within him, fire will not touch his body.”
There are countless ahadith about honey, to quote a few more:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “You should take the two that bring healing: Honey and the Qur’an.”
The bottle of the sage water doesn’t clarify what type of sage is used. It may (or may not) be safe to assume that it was made with clary sage as that’s the type that is cultivated in Morocco, as well as Britain, so in that light one can easily find clary sage essential oil.
Clary sage is antidepressant, antiphlogistic (specifically a plant remedy that reduces inflammation), antiseptic, an aphrodisiac and an emmenagogue (stimulates menstrual flow).
The subtly sweet, earthy therapeutic benefits of clary sage essential oil are endless. As a hydrosol, it can be used for acne and oily skin. Blended with a carrier oil, clary sage essential oil works great for muscular aches and joints, labour pain, flatulence, menstrual cramps, dandruff, hair loss, migraines, depression and even stress-related disorders.